This Day In Baseball July 17
July 17, 1990, the Minnesota Twins become the first team to turn two triple plays in one game. Third baseman Gary Gaetti, second baseman Al Newman,
and first baseman Kent Hrbek are involved in both triple killings against the Boston Red Sox. The Twins still lose the game, 1-0, at Fenway Park.
July 17, 1974, Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals collects the 3,000th strikeout of his major league career. Gibson, who fans Cesar Geronimo of the Cincinnati Reds, becomes only the second major leaguer to reach the milestone.
July 17, 1961, Hall of Famer Ty Cobb dies at the age of 74. One of the greatest hitters of all-time, the “Georgia Peach” led the American League in batting 12 times. Cobb also reached the coveted .400 mark three times in his career. When he retired, Cobb held the all-time record for most hits, runs scored, RBI and highest career batting average.
July 17, 1941, New York Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio sees his hitting streak halted at 56 games by two Cleveland Indians pitchers, Al Smith and Jim Bagby. Third baseman Ken Keltner makes two great plays on hot smashes by DiMaggio, robbing the “Yankee Clipper” of hits each time. DiMaggio’s 56-game streak stands as the longest in major league history.
Events for July 17
At Brooklyn’s Washington Park, the Superbas tie the score against the Giants in the 5th. Then, with two men on base, New York captain George Davis takes out pitcher Ed Doheny and brings in rookie Christy Mathewson, just brought up from Norfolk where he was 20-2. He hits 3 batters, walks 2, and gives up 6 runs in a 13-7 loss, charged to Doheny. The New York Times says, “Matty has lots of speed and gives promise of making his way.” Doheny also plunks a batter, while Brooklyn’s Joe McGinnity hits two for a combined 6 hit batsmen in the game, a record, since tied.
In another classic match-up, Three-Finger Brown and Christy Mathewson pair off with Brown winning, 1 – 0. The Cubs pitcher allows 6 hits, with Matty giving up 7. The only run comes on a 5th-inning inside-the-park home run by Matty’s nemesis, Joe Tinker, who runs through the arms of third base coach Heinie Zimmerman to score. In the 12 match-ups between the two pitchers, Brown has won eight. A tragic occurrence happens during Tinker’s home run dash when a boy, standing on the roof of a nearby building to view the game, falls 50 feet to his death.
It is Honus Wagner Day in Pittsburgh, as players from both teams line up to pay homage. Wagner’s tribute was originally scheduled for the 16th, but Honus asked that it be moved a day so it does not conflict with the annual benefit picnic for orphans. Wagner is presented with a $700 gold watch. Pittsburgh beats Boston, 4 – 0.
Brooklyn and Chicago swap shutouts, with George Bell topping Chicago’s Orval Overall, 1 – 0, in the opener. Ed Reulbach comes back in the second game to beat Kaiser Wilhelm, 4 – 0. Bill Bergen’s hitless streak ends. It started after he singled in his first at bat against the Giants on June 29th. It ends in the second game today when, after sitting out the first game, he has a 4th-inning infield single against Ed Reulbach. The catcher will hit just .139 this season, not a yearly low for the punchless catcher.
Boston Rustlers infielder Buck Herzog and OF Doc Miller fail to show up for a game and are suspended by the club. After a conference with the club president, they rejoin the team. John McGraw, anxious to retrieve former Giant Herzog to shore up a weak infield, will swap C Hank Gowdy and SS Al Bridwell to Boston for Herzog on the 21st.
At the Ostermalm Athletics Grounds, Sweden’s Vesteras Baseball Club plays an exhibition game at the Summer Olympics against an American team. The squad from the United States, who unsurprisingly wins the contest 13-3, consists of athletes who are in Stockholm competing for gold medals in other sports.
Against the Giants, control artist Babe Adams of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches an entire 21-inning game without issuing a single walk. The contest, which is the longest game in big league history without a base-on-balls, is decided by Larry Doyle’s home run in the top of the frame, giving Rube Marquard, who also goes the distance, the 3-1 victory.
On Tuberculosis Day at Sportsman’s Park, the Cards’ Jesse Haines hurls his only shutout in two years, a 5 – 0 no-hitter over the Braves. “While the majestic northpaw was realizing his lifelong pitching ambitions, the Cardinals were making merry with the right-hand shoots of McNamara” (St. Louis Globe-Democrat). It is the first no-hitter by a St. Louis hurler since 1876, and the first-ever National League no-hitter in St. Louis.
Cardinals’ knuckleballer and future Hall of Famer Jesse Haines throws a no-hitter, beating the Braves at Sportsman’s Park, 5-0, to become the first post-1900 Redbird hurler to accomplish the feat. It will be 54 years before another no-hit game is thrown in St. Louis, a span that will end in 1978 when Bob Forsch holds the Phillies hitless at Busch Stadium.
Less than two weeks after Larry Doby’s debut with the Indians, Hank Thompson and Willard Brown become the second and third black players in the American League and first for the Browns. The former Kansas City Monarchs standouts will play in less than 30 games for St. Louis because their presence does not significantly raise attendance.
Less than two weeks after Larry Doby’s debut with the Indians, Hank Thompson becomes the second black player to debut in the American League and first for the Browns. The former Kansas City Monarchs standout, who will play in only 27 games for St. Louis because his presence does not significantly raise attendance, goes 0-for-4 in the team’s 16-2 loss to Philadelphia at Sportsman’s Park.
The Dodgers down the Reds, 8 – 4 and 10 – 4, for their 12th win in 14 games. Ralph Branca wins the opener as Jackie Robinson clouts a three-run homer in the 8th. Paul Minner wins his first major league game in the nitecap with six innings of relief. During an argument with Frank Dascoli, Reds catcher Dewey Williams grabs the ump. Williams will be fined $100 and suspended for five games. However, with catcher Ray Mueller on the disabled list with a broken ankle, the Reds appeal the suspension, stating they have only one catcher, Ray Lamanno. Ford Frick, National League president, will rule that Williams will serve the suspension in the Reds’ clubhouse, while dressed in full uniform. If anything happens to Lamanno, Williams can substitute, and a game will be added to the suspension.
In a dispute with the umpires, Cleveland manager Joe Gordon is ejected. Cleveland OF Minnie Minoso refuses to stand in the batter’s box until the argument is over. Umpire Frank Umont calls him out on strikes. The enraged Minoso charges Umont and gets the thumb also. The Indians win, 8 – 7, to stay on the heels of Chicago.
Chicago’s Early Wynn and the Yankees’ Ralph Terry match zeros for eight innings at Yankee Stadium, before Chicago’s Jim McAnany collects the first Sox hit in the 9th. Jim Landis adds a second hit to drive home two runs to give the Sox the 2 – 0 win. Wynn matches Terry by also allowing just two hits.
The Yankees top the O’s, 5 – 0, behind Whitey Ford’s 13th straight win. Mickey Mantle (#33) and Moose Skowron hit long home runs at Baltimore. The nitecap goes into the 5th when, with two outs and the Yanks up 4 – 1, a thunderstorm strikes. The umps wait 65 minutes before calling the game, thus washing out homers by Roger Maris and Mantle.
7/17/1961: The Yankees were leading 4-1 in the top of the fifth in Baltimore when the game was rained out. In that game, scheduled as the second game of a doubleheader, both Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle hit homers off Hal Brown. Maris’ came in the first with two out and no one on while Mantle blasted his leading off the fourth. In addition Marv Throneberry of the Orioles homered in the second with the bases empty as did Clete Boyer of the Yankees in the 3rd, making a total of 4 homers lost to rain in this one game.
After checking in a month earlier at an Atlanta hospital, where he placed beside his bed a brown bag filled with $1 million in negotiable securities along a with Luger, Ty Cobb dies at the age of seventy-four after a long battle with cancer. Only three former players, Ray Schalk, Mickey Cochrane, and Nap Rucker, along with Baseball Hall of Fame director Sid Keener, attend the Georgia Peach’s funeral services.
Yankee sluggers Roger Maris (35) and Mickey Mantle (32), both ahead of the Bambino’s record 1927 pace, each lose a homer when the nightcap of a twin bill is rained out in the top of the fifth inning against the Orioles in Baltimore. The Memorial Stadium washout occurs on same day Commissioner Ford Frick decrees that Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs will not be broken unless a player hits 61 or more within the first 154 games of the newly expanded 162-game schedule.
At Forbes Field, Pittsburgh regains the National League lead by beating San Francisco twice, 7 – 4 and 7 – 1. In each game, the Giants take an early 1 – 0 lead. In the opener, that dream dies quickly: 1st-inning singles by Matty Alou, Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell, plus a sacrifice fly from Jose Pagan, transfer the one-run margin from West to East and the Bucs never look back. In the nightcap, however, Pittsburgh’s narrow deficit persists until a 4th-inning RBI triple off the right-field wall from Clemente, who then proceeds to untie the game — in the words of Giants beat writer Bob Stevens — “with an audacious piece of baserunning against a Giant defense that had the infield pulled in” (its particulars roughly presaging those of Eric Hosmer’s pivotal 2015 World Series Game Five dash). Stevens continues: “Pagan grounded to Jim Ray Hart at third. Jim Ray feinted Roberto back toward the base, then let loose with the cross-diamond throw. In the meantime, Clemente streaked home, scoring standing up as Willie McCovey’s frantic throw to catcher Tom Haller crashed against the stands.” Pittsburgh’s first bit of breathing room is provided the following inning by future New York Yankees GM Gene Michael (in for injured starting SS Gene Alley), who gets an RBI double in his first major league at-bat.
During a 6 – 2 defeat, concluding a dismal 2-and-4 road trip for the Pirates, the rarely disappointing Roberto Clemente does what he does so well – break the other team’s heart in their own house and have their fans thank him for it. As Les Biederman of the Pittsburgh Press reports: “Clemente robbed Joe Torre with a lunging catch of his pop fly in the 3rd inning with two on and the hometown Atlanta fans applauded him en route to the bench. They even applauded him when he went to bat in the 4th inning.”
Roberto Clemente, just a double shy of the cycle, scores the tying run, drives in the go-ahead run and keeps his team ahead with a crucial 9th-inning outfield assist, leading the Piratesto a 4 – 3 win over Cincinnati in a preview of the National League Championship Series. Clemente’s 150th career triple leads to the tying run in the 6th and his 400-foot first-pitch bomb over the right-centerfield fence off rookie Wayne Simpson unties it in the 8th. To keep it untied, Clemente puts down his bat and lets his arm do the talking as he guns down Tommy Helms at the plate in the 9th to seal the victory.
With the score tied at 5 – 5 and the bases loaded in the 10th inning, and no outs, Brewers manager Dave Bristol inaugurates the “Bristol Shift,” bringing OF Tommy Harper in between SS and 3B. Unperturbed, George Scott hits a sacrifice fly to win the game. Earlier in his career, as manager of the Reds, Bristol used a similar shift, called the Bristol Barricade, against Willie McCovey.
Cardinals pitching great Bob Gibson fans the Reds’ Cesar Geronimo to become the second hurler after Walter Johnson to strike out 3,000 batters. Geronimo will become Nolan Ryan’s 3,000th strikeout victim six years later. The Reds shrug it off, scoring six runs in the 1st inning and three in the 2nd on their way to a 12 – 7 win.
In the latest incident in his feud with manager Billy Martin, the Yankees’ Reggie Jackson ignores instructions and attempts to bunt in the 10th inning of a tie game with the Royals. Jackson pops up, the Yanks lose, 9 – 7, in the 11th, and Martin serves Jackson with a five-day suspension without pay. The Royals’ three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium leaves New York in 4th place, 14 games behind the Red Sox.
At Seattle’s Kingdome, Pirates outfielder Dave Parker, who cuts down Brian Downing at home with an amazing throw, is named the All-Star Game’s MVP when the National League wins its eighth straight Mid-Summer Classic. In the 7-6 victory over the Junior Circuit, Mets outfielder Lee Mazzilli homers to tie the game in the eighth, and then walks in the ninth to bring in the eventual winning run.
1984 – Mark Bailey overcomes two questionable ninth-inning calls to lead a 3-2 triumph over the Mets. Jobbed by a bad call at the plate that gave New York a 2-1 lead in top of the ninth, Bailey gets revenge with a two-run blast off Doug Sisk that caps an emotional night where fines are passed out to players on both squads.
In the first doubleheader ever played at the Skydome, the Blue Jays sweep a pair from California, 6 – 4 and 5 – 4. Both wins go to David Wells, pitching in relief, with Tom Henke notching two saves. Wells becomes the first pitcher in five years to win both games of a doubleheader. The next doubleheader in Toronto won’t come until October 2001.
Spokane (Northwest League) pitcher Glenn Dishman retires the first 26 Yakima batters. The 27th batter hits an easy roller to the second baseman who tosses to 1B Jason Thompson. Thompson starts celebrating early, pulling his foot off the bag for an error before he records the out. Dishman gets the next batter for his no-hitter.
In a Northwest League contest, Jason Thompson’s error with two outs in the ninth inning spoils Glenn Dishman’s bid for a perfect game against the Yakima Bears. On a routine ground ball, the Spokane first baseman, anxious to begin the celebration of his teammate’s accomplishment, pulls his foot off the bag before the final out is recorded.
The Richmond Braves defeat the Norfolk Tides, 3 – 2, in 12 innings, in a Class AAA International League game. The contest is marked by a brawl in the 8th inning in which both dugouts empty and one player is ejected. A new anti-fighting policy in the minors mandates fines and suspensions for any player who leaves his position, the dugout, or the bullpen during a fight. The IL president suspends and fines 35 players for their actions.
The Red Sox take a 9 – 2 lead over the Yankees into the 7th inning in Boston. New York scores three in the 7th, two in the 8th, and four in the 9th to move ahead, 11 – 9. The Red Sox bounce back with three of their own in their last at bat to defeat New York by a score of 12 – 11 and end John Wetteland’s record save streak.
Both Rafael Palmeiro and Albert Belle hit their 300th homers tonight. Palmeiro is 3 for 4 as his Orioles win, 4 – 1, over the Angels, and improve their record since the All-Star break to 9-0. Belle’s homer – his 10th in 10 games since the break – and Robin Ventura’s 9th-inning homer give the White Sox a 4 – 3 victory over the visiting Indians.
Minnesota’s Torii Hunter, angered after he is hit by a pitch, picks up the ball and fires it at Indians pitcher Danys Baez in the 5th inning of an 8 – 5 Twins win. Hunter’s throw hits the pitcher in the leg but he stays in the game. After the game, Baez goes into the Twins clubhouse to apologize. Jim Thome, Bill Selby and Ben Broussard homer for the Tribe, while David Ortiz and Dustan Mohr hit two-run homers. Rick Reed wins but has to shoo away a seagull, which walks out to the mound: it’s the gull’s third straight appearance.
Richard Orman wins his 100th game in Hoofdklasse. He is the 10th player to reach that milestone, but only the second left-handed pitcher and only the second pitcher to have won all the games with one team. In Orman’s case, all the wins have come with the Pioniers. He will spend another three years in the league, winning another 23 games, before hanging up his spikes.
For the fifth time in Nippon Pro Baseball history, three people are ejected from a game. After a close pitch to Tuffy Rhodes, Rhodes punches catcher Tomoya Satozaki. In the ensuing fight, Rhodes and coaches Yoshihiko Takahashi and Jon Debus are all ejected. All will be fined at least $50,000 and Rhodes will be suspended for a game.
The Rangers extend their winning streak to 11 games with a 3 – 1 win over Seattle, which has now lost 9 straight to fall out of contention. Matt Harrison allows just one run in 7 2/3 innings. Mitch Moreland hits a three-run home run in the 2nd inning off Blake Beavan to account for all of the Rangers’ runs.
It takes 16 innings in a nationally televised Sunday night game, but the Red Sox finally defeat the Rays, 1 – 0, when Dustin Pedroia drives in Josh Reddick from third base with a single for the game’s only run. Reddick had reached base on the 12th walk given up by Rays pitchers, as their moundsmen’s unwitting generosity finally costs them. Adam Russell, Tampa Bay’s 9th pitcher, is the loser, while Alfredo Aceves is the winner with 3 scoreless innings and Jonathan Papelbon picks up his 21st save. Both Rays manager Joe Maddon and bench coach Dave Martinez are long gone by the time the game is decided, having been ejected in separate incidents in the 11th inning for having words with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild.
The Angels crush the Tigers, 13 – 0, behind the pitching of Garrett Richards and five homers, by Mark Trumbo, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Alberto Callaspo and Kendrys Morales. The Halos jump to an early 7 – 0 lead, chasing Jacob Turner after 2 innings. It is the first time Detroit has been shut out in 159 games.
60-year-old Paul Risso makes his professional baseball debut 40 years after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. A shoulder injury had ended his college career shortly after being drafted. Today, Risso tosses one shutout inning for the Raton Osos of the minor independent Pecos League, giving up one hit to the Santa Fe Fuego. He is not the oldest pitcher to appear in a minor league game: Hub Kittle (63 years old for Springfield in 1980) and Ramón Arano (62 years old for Veracruz in 2001) are among those older.
The lights go out in Washington as the Nats’ first home game after the All-Star break is interrupted with the Dodgers leading, 2 – 1, in the 4th inning when a bank of lights on the third base side of the field at Nationals Park go out. Stadium personnel manage to turn them back on after a one hour, 22 minute delay, play resumes for 9 minutes, and the lights go out again. This time, 40 minutes are needed to restore power, but it lasts just 12 minutes. The game is finally suspended at 10:42 pm in the 5th inning, the Nationals having in the meantime taken the lead on a two-run homer by Danny Espinosa during the second brief resumption of play.
The Central League wins 2015 NPB All-Star Game 1, 8 – 6, as Jose Lopez gets three hits, Shinnosuke Abe homers and Shintaro Fujinami tosses three perfect innings of relief for the win. The 21-year-old Fujinami is the youngest All-Star Game MVP in NPB history. For the Pacific League, Ikuhiro Kiyota hits a three-run homer off Tomoyuki Sugano for half their offense.
Starling Marte homers off Oliver Perez in the 18th inning to give Pittsburgh a 2 – 1 win over Washington. Pittsburgh thinks it has wrapped up a 1 – 0 win in regulation time, but Daniel Murphy homers off closer Mark Melancon with two outs and two strikes to send the game into extra innings. The Bucs almost win it again in the 16th when Josh Harrison doubles with Erik Kratz on base, but a perfect relay from Michael Taylor to Danny Espinosa to C Wilson Ramos nabs Kratz and prolongs the game some more.
Hosting the Cleveland Indians for a make-up game, the Giants fail to sell out AT&T Park for the first time since 2010, ending the longest streak of sell-outs in National League history at 530 games. They still draw over 39,000 fans, just short of the ballpark’s capacity of 41,500. The Indians add to the Giants’ miserable season with a 5 – 3 win as Matt Moore loses his fifth straight home start.
The American League defeats the National League, 8 – 6, in the 89th edition of the All-Star Game, played at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. A record ten home runs are hit, including a pair in the 10th inning, by teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer of the Astros off Ross Stripling, as the AL wins its 6th straight and 18 of the last 21 (with one tie) to edge ahead of the NL overall. Bregman is named the winner of the Ted Williams Award as the game’s MVP.
2018 – Tenth-inning solo homers by Alex Bregman and George Springer carry the American League All-Stars to an 8-6 win over the National League. A record ten bombs were hit. Only two Astros had homered in All-Star competition up to this time. Jose Altuve singles for his first All-Star hit. Bregman is awarded the game’s M.V.P. award afterwards.